Ghostbusters was a huge hit cartoon in the late 80s/early 90s and it had plenty of merchandise to go along with it. Most of it made sense. Figures, weird ghosts and monsters, simple replicas of proton packs and ghost traps. But some of it was just garbage. Pieces where the Kenner, the toy company, was just trying to fleece some kids. Knockoffs are also fair game but I won’t include Filmation’s version of Ghostbusters or we’d be stuck on this topic all week. Here are the ten worst.
10. Spook Chaser
Okay, this one isn’t even an official toy. It’s a ripoff version. This is Almost-Egon. And apparently they just grab jello shaped monsters with a pair of tongs. If grandma picked this one up, the kid is going home sad.
9. Gooper Ghost
This one is low on the list because some of you weirdos say that you actually like slime toys. Not me! It’s been well documented that I am not a fan.
Quasimodo came in a monsters line that had a vampire, a wolfman, a mummy. But Quasimodo was just a man with a hunchback. I just feel sad now.
7. Screaming Heroes Winston
He looks like he’s ready to go into outer space to blow an alien.
6. Containment Unit
You tell me what you’re supposed to be able to do with this.
5. Ghostbusters Ceiling Fan
For those fun days where it’s hot and you have to stay in your room.
4. Ghost Grab-a-meter
Right at the end of the line, Kenner went for broke with this invention. It fired a missile AND had a grabber claw. Effective against ghosts? Debatable. Effective at annoying a younger sibling? Completely.
This toy blew. First of all, they never used this on the tv show. Second, all it did was make your voice a little tinny. About as effective as cupping your hands over your mouth. Finally, the ghosts are the ones that scare people, not the other way around.
2. Fearsome Flush
Why are they trying to scare us away from toilets? We all need to poop.
1. Screamin’ Janine
At one point, Kenner introduced their Screaming Heroes line of figures. For the Ghostbusters, you’d squeeze their legs and their eyes would bug out or something like that. For Janine, her skirt flew up. Not only sexist but pretty out of character.